Ecaterina Locoman

Ecaterina Locoman is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Rutgers University and her research focuses on foreign policy-making, diplomacy and post-communist transitions with a primary regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In her dissertation, Ecaterina explores why post-Communist states in Europe have followed divergent foreign policy paths after 1991, some joining the Western economic and security institutions, whereas others oscillated between Russia and the West. She has conducted field research in Ukraine and Moldova, which included archival research in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in Kiev and in Chisinau, as well as interviews with former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and diplomats in both capitals.